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Conclave August 2016

A Comparison between the our Priestly Society  and the Roman Catholic Church

Some Similarities

Some Differences

Independent Catholic/Celtic Christian TraditionRoman Catholic
1. Complete freedom of belief.1. Belief controlled by the Magisterium.
2. Women may be ordained up to and including the orders of deacon, priest, and bishop.2. Women may not be ordained.
3. Open Communion. All those who desire to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord are welcome.3. Closed Communion. Only Roman Catholics who have not been excommunicated are welcome.
4. Reproductive rights controlled by individuals involved.4. Reproductive rights controlled by the Magisterium.
5. Divorced remarried members welcome to receive communion.5. Divorced remarried members forbidden to receive communion.
6. Liturgy sounds a note of joy at the majesty of God. Terms of self-abnegation and denigration removed.6. Liturgy emphasizes majesty of God but equally emphasizes our unworthiness.
7. Clerical celibacy is optional; clergy may marry.7. Clerical celibacy is mandatory. Clergy may not marry.
8. Parish and community property controlled by elected vestry or board of trustee of the church parishioners.8. Parish and community property controlled by the clergy hierarchy.
9. Governing body of this Society is a House of bishops, clergy, and congregations. The bishops elect their own Executive Officers in the Council of Three.10. Governance is by the Pope and his delegate bodies of his Cardinals and Bishops.

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